Wednesday 31 January 2018


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Black Metal / Metal / Screamo / Skramz / Noise / Ambient
Related artistsHexis, a t o j, Dhole and Shizune.
CountryLodi ITALY
Years Active2013-present
Song: "soire"
Album: "eléo"
Year: 2016
For fans ofNic aka ██████, Portrayal Of Guilt, Niboowin, Old Soul, Deafheaven, Heaven In Her Arms, Angel Eyes, Eight aka ∞, Amber, I Am A Curse, Old Man Gloom, Komarov, Celeste, Converge, AmenRa, So Hideous, My Love, Tentacles, Litany For The Whale and Ostraca aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Zegema Beach Records / Shove Records / Overdrive Records / Argonauta Records / General Soreness / Nothing Left Records / + Amici - Storie / Tanato Records / À Fond d'Cale Prod / Cave Canem D.I.Y. / Hardcore For The Losers / Hesitation Records
This post's artist is from the December 2017 Mix. This is track #6.
You can download: the January 2018 Mix#1 right here or get the new January 2018 Mix#2 here.

The three-piece ['selvə] was first established during 2013 in Lodi, Italy. The bassist and guitarist contribute screamy vocals while drummer Tommaso is a goddamn machine, firing out some of the craziest drums I've had the pleasure of listening to in quite some time. Some members have also jammed with bigger bands such as Hexis and Shizune.

Wasting no time, they released 'lajf həbɪtʃuəl' in 2014 on cd, a seven song affair with a much lighter and optimistic sound - at least when compared to everything after the debut. Songs like the expansive "ɛnkloʒər", brooding title track "lajf həbɪtʃuəl", the pummeling but optimistic"pərsɪstənt" and the breathtaking "ɛgzɪstəns" are huge and intricate, swelling and heaving over many a minute, incorporating chill, slow sections to massive and explosive parts that'll leave a hefty bruise around your earholes.

Fast forward two more years to 2016 and the band dropped the exceptional 'eléo' LP of stretched out and epic screamo/black metal. It opens with the stellar "soire", which boasts ridiculous drum-work for the first two minutes as the song lays absolute waste to the listener. It then takes a bit of breather with a solo guitar before delving back into the thick of it at 2:45, including some devilishly good screams at 3:45 and the subsequent climax. "alma" is next at over 11 minutes in length and is a towering, rabid, beast of song, and even includes a beautiful classical section from 7:25 to 8:25 which is then layered over epic post-hardcore, creating a mesmerizing final few minutes. "indaco" is unrelenting in its aural assault (except for the atmospheric midsection), while the dark, gloomy and instrumental "nostàlgia" rounds out the album.

I happened to meet Tommaso Rey in Zagreb, Croatia when he was playing drums on a Hexis tour in mid-2017 (show reviewed here). We hit it off along with fellow friend Luca Mele, and this led to me being asked to help with the new 'D O M A' LP. After hearing it I was smitten and agreed to make 70 North American cassettes with exclusive/alternate artwork. On January 22nd the lovely premiered the first of two songs from the full length titled "silen" (premiere linked here). The A-side is an imposing 10:58 and begins with three minutes of atmospheric noise before the instrumental build begins. By the four-minute mark the bass, guitar and drums are going full tilt, with the venomous screams joining in only a short while later. At 5:38 the song shifts into its third movement led by some hyperactive and deep bass before slowing down and letting single notes ring out alongside ear-shattering screams. From about 6:30 until 8:20 it slows down considerably, but the steadily increasing drums bring it from eerie transition to a fucking unreal climax from about 8:45 onward. Seriously, that's one phenomenal piece of work, my friends. Track 2's "joy" is the longest ['selvə] to date, clocking in at 13:57. The song weaves in and out of so many unreal parts, that to try and go through minute by minute is just silly (see above), so you'll have to wait and jam it when it's released, which will be on or before February 14th, 2018. If you need a comparison, without a doubt ██████ aka Nic aka The Band With No Name is your best bet. This one is definitely more black metal and is just heavier overall, opting for sheer force instead of a variety of movements, although the song takes a noticeable dip from six to eight minutes, even that is still powerful. From about 9 minutes onward the song takes a much more melodic structure and speed, creating an uplifting denoument that soars to album's 25 minute conclusion.



2014 - lajf həbɪtʃuəl cdLP (stream/donate/download here)

2016 - eléo cd/cassette/12"LP (stream/donate/download here)

2018 - D O M A cassette/12"LP (stream/donate/download here) [available February 14th, 2018]


(2018) ['selvə] - "joy" (from 'D O M A')
coming soon!
(2018) ['selvə] - "silen" (from 'D O M A')

(2016) ['selvə] - "soire" (from 'eléo')

(2016) ['selvə] - "alma" (from 'eléo')

(2014) ['selvə] - "ɛgzɪstəns" (from 'lajf həbɪtʃuəl')


['selvə] additional links


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